PATENTS

COSTA RICA

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POPULATION: 4,758 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 51,100 Km2
CURRENCY: COSTA RICAN COLÓN (CRC)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
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WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of the Patent Cooperation
Treaty (PCT): YES. Due term for entry into national phase: 31 months.

Patent Law in Force:

Patent Law 6867/1983.

Types of protection available:

Patent of Invention; Utility Model.

First filing requirements with the local Patent Office for inventions made by nationals:

NO

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney duly notarized within 90 days from filing.
• Assignment document from the inventors duly notarized and legalized (which may be substituted by a sworn declaration by the representative) within 60 days from office action. Not required under certain
circumstances.
• Certified copy of priority application within 90 days from filing (not required for entry into national phase of PCT applications).

Filing of the patent application in a foreign language:

Accepted. Late submission of the Spanish translation is possible within 60 days from office action.

Substantive examination must be requested by the applicant:

YES, within 15-working days after receipt of official request.

Search report must be requested by the applicant:

NO

Observations by third parties:

YES, within three months from the third publication

Opposition:

YES, within three months from the third publication

Average time from filing to grant:

4 years.

Term of protection for patents:

20 years from filing date.

Term of protection for utility models:

10 years from filing date.

Differences between utility model and patent:

• suitable for utensils, instruments, tools, apparatus, devices, or any parts or improvements thereof, but not to chemical products, methods or uses;
• Lower threshold for inventive step.

Maintenance:

yearly after grant.

Marking of the product with the application/ patent number:

NOT mandatory.

Compulsory licensing:

YES

Link to Patent Office:

http://www.registronacional.go.cr/

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